WALERY (aka LARYEW act. ca 1883-1930) : Art-deco feminine nude, original photogravure, 1923

 

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Lucien WALERY (aka LARYEW act. ca 1883-1930) : Art-deco feminine nude, original brown photogravure (photo-engraving), 1920. Newly framed under glass with solid wood frame with yellow zebrano (yellow palissander from Africa) veneer

1923

Plate : 32,7 x 25 cm - 12 7/8 x 9 7/8 in
Picture : 22,5 x 17 cm - 8 7/8 x 6 3/4 in
Frame : 40,7 x 34,8 cm - 16 x 13 5/8 in

Lucien WALERY (act. ca 1883-1930), alias LARYEW:
French photographer active at the end of the XIXth century and first part of the XXth century. Began with researched postcard in black and white and colors, figuring nice young ladies, lovers or children, edited by BERGERET. Famous for his pictures of 'La Belle Epoque" in 1900 and "Les Années Folles" in the 1920's, especially of Paris at these times. Reknown for his pictures of Paris night-life, theaters-plays, shows, cabarets, music-hall and 'revues', especially for his photographs of dance revue ladies, a.o. Mata HARI and Josephine BAKER and also for its art-deco feminine nudes. Realized a beautiful porte-folio book in 1923 with 100 pictures of Art-Deco nudes.
It appears that there were 2 or even 3 photographers who used the label "Walery" to identify their photographs. The elder was Count Stanislaw Julian OSTROROG (1830-1890), born in Mohylewo, Lithuania. He became a British citizen in 1862, and set up a studio in London, in 1883. Stanislaw OSTROROG used the pseudonym of WALERY which he adapted from his wife's name, WALERIA. After his death in 1890, his son Stanislaw Julian Ignacy, Count OSTROROG (1863-1935) continued the studio of his father, combining (between 1890-1900) with Alfred ELLIS to become ELLIS and WALERY. WALERY is known for his famous portraits of Queen Victoria.
The younger Count OSTROROG is often confused with Lucien WALERY, who lived and worked in Paris in the period 1900-1930. Lucien signed his photographs "Waléry - Paris", "Yrélaw", or "Laryew". Some believe that Lucien is the same as the younger Count OSTROROG, who is supposed to have moved to Paris, around 1900. More likely Lucien is altogether a different person.

Bibliography:
LARYEW (WALERY): Nus. Paris. Librairie des Arts Décoratifs. 1923.

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